BP Oil Spill, Industrial Pollution’s Effects on Gulf Coast Food

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Matt Rota, Director of Water Resources at the Gulf Restoration Network, and Harvey Reed, Executive Director of the Louisiana Association of Cooperatives, which works with farmers and fishermen throughout the Gulf Coast, spoke at the 2010 Community Food Security Conference in New Orleans last week about how environmental pollution — in particular the BP oil spill this spring — affect local food systems.

The UpTake will post videos throughout the week that we recorded last week at the 2010 Community Food Security Conference in New Orleans.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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